|Aussie Hemsworth picks the hammer up in ‘Thor’|
|Wednesday, March 16, 2011|
Dear Ken: What can you tell me about actor Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor in the new movie? I have never heard of him before this.
Hemsworth, 27, hails from the Land Down Under where he starred in the Australian soap opera “Home and Away” for three years. His brothers, Luke and Liam, are actors in Australia (Liam also tested for the role of Thor). He appeared in three movies, “Star Trek,” “A Perfect Getaway” and “Ca$h,” before taking up Thor’s hammer. Sometime this year he stars in a remake of “Red Dawn” and “The Cabin in the Woods.” Next year he reappears as Thor in “The Avengers.” Hemsworth married Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in December. He describes Thor’s character saying, “He’s doing what he’s doing for his family and to protect the kingdom, and he thinks it’s the right way to do it. It just happens to be a very aggressive way of doing it, which probably isn’t the right way.” “Thor” opens at theaters May 20.
Dear Ken: I used to love the British spy series “The Avengers.” What background can you share on Diana Rigg, who played Emma Peel?
Dear Ken: I’ve been watching “Wagon Train” on TV a lot lately. How old is Robert Horton, who played scout Flint McCullough?
Dear Ken: What’s happening with Nancy McKeon, who played Jo on “Facts of Life”?